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    Advice: Practicality of Juggling Part-time Job with 1L

    At the risk of being very unhelpful, I think it really depends on the type of work and your ability to manage your time. I worked part-time and, in my case, I do think it affected my grades. Having said that, I had classmates with children and that takes up more time than any part-time job. Maybe if I were a different sort of person doing a different sort of job, I could have managed it much better. I don't know...Frankly, the income meant more to me than good grades and it showed on my transcript.
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    Careers in Criminal Law

    Be sure to put that in your CV and cover letter. And include any jail time because that will make you stand out among the competition too 😀
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    Are You Happy With Your Income?

    Staying married is the even better financial decision. I've seen plenty of couples quite literally cut their lifestyle in half due to divorce.
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    Workload in UK

    I've tried to explain this but it usually ends with someone telling me I'm a crashing snob. I have former university classmates with seemingly impractical degrees (Mediaeval History, Theology, Classics, etc) who had no trouble landing jobs in law, merchant banking, or whatever. It's where you studied that counts...Leicester is actually better than most-- some Canadians are paying a small fortune to attend ex-polys.
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    Best time to take vacation during articling

    The post you quoted contained sensible advice from an experienced lawyer. Your reaction is, frankly, bizarre.
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    Best time to take vacation during articling

    This. Take advantage of every minute because it goes by quickly. During my articles, there were a few days between Christmas and New Years when I was the closest thing to a lawyer in our office. Everyone else took time off. As it happened, there were a bunch of unexpected crises that I had to handle with minimal guidance over the phone. In retrospect, it was one of the most valuable training experiences I had.
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    Mature Student, Applying to UCalgary Law School Early

    26? I think that's right around the average age for 1Ls at U of C.
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    Stuff to Bring to Law School

    Same! I love my external monitor. It also reduces a lot of stress on your neck, shoulders and back. I never used my home printer except for small, last minute jobs. The printers at the law school were better, faster, and cheaper. I did use it as a scanner though
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    Deciding not to article?

    No, I practiced for a couple of years
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    Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I've been a loyal MAC user since high school but my choice is mostly based on habit, nostalgia, and profligacy.
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    Deciding not to article?

    It wasn't a specific requirement but my experience was viewed very favourably. It definitely gives you more credibility and it's a vital chance to develop a bit of a professional network. Your network is really important once you leave practice, I have found, because I started to feel stale and out of touch pretty fast. It's always great to reconnect with friends who are still practicing and get a sense of where things are at.
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    Deciding not to article?

    For what it's worth, I'm not currently working as a lawyer but I wouldn't have landed my current job without being admitted to practice. For me, articling went by very quickly and I found it surprisingly enjoyable.
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    Seeking advice from Crowns

    True but I think Crowns max out at a certain salary cap, no? Crown is definitely the safer option. I know quite a few senior defence lawyers who are making a lot more than that but I also know some younger and mid career defence lawyers who are not doing well at all.
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    Suits For Men

    Yes. One of the virtues of suits (and school uniforms) is that it protects the sartorially clueless from making certain mistakes.